Judith of Bethulia & The Fall of Babylon

Judith of Bethulia
The emphasis is on spectacle in Griffith's last and most ambitious (4 reels) film for Biograph. Adapted from the Old Testament Apocrypha, the story concerns a beautiful young widow (Blanche Sweet) who saves her walled city from a siege by entering the camp of the enemy, winning the favor of the leader, then cutting off his head with a sword. Resourcefully shot to maintain the illusion of grander sets, the narrative is simplified to a few repeated camera setups. The staging of the rousing battle scenes, the exotica, and the costume epic look are the obvious precedents for the Babylonian sequences in Intolerance.

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